Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

Creative practice and communication and design

Eligibility criteria

Academic performance

What you'll receive

The successful applicant will receive a scholarship, tax exempt and indexed annually of $28,597 per annum for a period of three years, with a possible 6 month extension, subject to satisfactory progress.

International students will also receive either:

  • an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) fees offset (International); or
  • a QUT research degree (HDR) tuition fee scholarship.

The scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to work with a team of leading researchers in the Digital Media Research Centre and a network of international media scholars to undertake your own aligned innovative research.


To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the entry requirements for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at QUT, including any English language requirements for international students.

You must also:

  • have recently completed a first-class Honours degree, a research Masters degree, or a coursework Masters degree with a significant research component from a recognised institution and in a cognate discipline (media studies, communication, cultural studies, screen studies)
  • be able to take up the scholarship and begin full-time study before the end of July 2021
  • have a strong interest in undertaking a three-year research project on the cultural implications of changes in video industries
  • develop a research proposal that responds to and aligns with the scholarship topic, that demonstrates your knowledge and understanding of the topic area, and that clearly articulates the contribution your research will make
  • demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research.

How to apply

Interested applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for consideration prior to applying for this scholarship, as per QUT's how to apply website.

The EOI must include:

  • a cover letter
  • an up-to-date CV
  • a three-page research proposal addressing the scholarship topic, engaging with relevant literature
  • a writing sample (e.g. copy of an article/essay/thesis you have written)
  • full academic transcript
  • details of three referees (email/address/contact number).

The EOI must indicate that you are applying for this scholarship, and must have Professor Amanda Lotz nominated as your potential supervisor.

What happens next?

We are aiming to fill this scholarship as soon as possible, but the scholarship will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Assessment of applications will begin 20 January 2021. For more information about the scholarship or application process please contact Professor Amanda Lotz.

About the scholarship

About the project

This PhD project will be affiliated with the Making TV Australian in the 21st Century Discovery Project and the Transforming Media Industries research program within the Digital Media Research Centre.

The PhD project should align with inquiry related to the changing dynamics of television production and the ‘nationing’ role of television. Existing practices designed to enable Australian television to achieve national cultural and economic objectives have been deeply transformed by the impact of technological change and foreign ownership. This project investigates the intertwined implications of non-Australian ownership, technological adjustments, policy changes, and support adjustments enacted since the mid-00s that have challenged the making of ‘Australian’ television.

The proposed PhD project should connect with the central lines of inquiry of the project, yet remain distinct. The proposed project can explore these issues within the Australian television market, or conduct comparative work in another national context.

Objectives of the Making TV Australian in the 21st Century project include:

  • assessing the impact of digital distribution and internationalisation on the Australian television industry’s capacity to finance, distribute, and profit from local content in both national and global markets
  • examining consequences of shifting business practices and cultural dynamics in the Australian television industry, and in comparison to other nations using a critical media industries perspective
  • interrogating the public value of subsidised television production in the context of foreign ownership, multinational streaming platforms, and public service broadcasting under stress
  • developing data and analysis relevant to policy debates, terms of trade, collective agreements, and working conditions.

About the Digital Media Research Centre

The QUT Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) conducts world-leading communication, media, and law research for a flourishing digital society. We help address local, national and global challenges at the forefront of digital transformation, and provide an ambitious, stimulating and supportive research culture for our staff, students, and partners.

The Transforming Media Industries research program investigates how the business practices and cultural dynamics of media industries are adapting to profound transformations in the production, distribution, consumption, and regulation of media content in local and global contexts. We examine the operations of power and the potential for innovation, focusing especially on the implications they pose for media makers, the media they make, and their social consequences across the film, television, games, music, news, and social media industries.

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